Two weeks ago, a family’s life was forever altered by a police chase crash in Philadelphia. According to 6ABC, on March 30, a young couple and their 4 year old son were struck by a car which was being chased by Philadelphia police. The husband succumbed to his injuries and his wife is in critical condition. However, it appears their son did not suffer severe physical injuries.
ABC6 caught the police chase on camera which can be seen here:
Police chase accidents can cause devastating and catastrophic injuries and death. Most of the people injured in police chase situations are officers and suspects. For the innocent bystander who is injured, they may be able to recover for their injuries if the police were negligent.
Pennsylvania law specifically allows for lawsuits to be filed against police departments like the Philadelphia Police Department, if their negligent conduct in a police chase situation resulted in injury to a bystander. However, in order to file a claim against a government agency, the plaintiff must take steps necessary to preserve their claim. The Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act has specific requirements which if not taken, could bar an injured bystander from filing a lawsuit and recovering for their injuries. It is important to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon possible.
If you’d like to have your case reviewed by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers, call 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
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